Jade Myatt, who works on the acute medical unit, was driving from her uncle’s home in Stirchley to her own house in Madeley, near Telford, when she came across the scene of the accident.
“I suspected he was having a heart attack and that he needed immediate treatment”
The driver of the car had been taken ill at the wheel and had narrowly missed Ms Myatt’s house before crashing into a field, according to the trust.
Ms Myatt performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man who she believed was having a heart attack, while she waited for an ambulance to arrive.
The driver was subsequently taken to the trust’s Princess Royal Hospital where he was stabilised before being transferred to University Hospitals of North Midlands in Stoke.
Source: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Describing the events, Ms Myatt said: “I got out to make sure everyone was ok.
“The driver’s wife was out of the car, but a gentleman who was passing by when the accident happened said he was concerned that the driver’s breathing had changed,” she said.
“I went to check on the driver, who was still in the car, and his breathing was very poor. I suspected he was having a heart attack and that he needed immediate treatment.
“I pulled him out of the car and asked the other gentleman to help me support his head and then gave him CPR until the ambulance arrived. When the ambulance crew arrived, I continued CPR to support them.”
Ms Myatt added: “The paramedics knew I worked in AMU at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and they spoke to my manager. The gentleman in question is doing really well and is now back at home.”
Hannah Pope, the trust’s AMU ward manager, said: “We are so proud of Jade. She goes above and beyond every day in her role as a trainee nursing associate, so it does not surprise me that she has done the same outside of work.
“It goes to show how good CPR can truly save someone’s life. We are so proud to have Jade on the AMU team,” she said.
Ms Myatt is due to qualify as a nursing associate in January and said she planned to gain more experience before going on to study to become a registered nurse.
“We are so proud of Jade. She goes above and beyond every day”
West Midlands Ambulance Service senior operations manager for Shropshire, Rob Till, said: “The fact that Jade was there and able to start CPR massively increased the chances of the man surviving; her actions undoubtedly gave him the best possible chance of making a good recovery.
“Congratulations to Jade and we wish her every success in her nursing career,” he added.